Williams cruises past Kirlenko to set up mouthwatering clash against the youngster billed as the next Serena
10:42 GMT, 21 January 2013
11:51 GMT, 21 January 2013
Serena Williams was in fine fettle as she beat Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-0 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.
The American will face her compatriot Sloane Stephens who is competing in her first grand slam quarter-final after beating Bojana Jovanovski.
Serena landed close to 90 per cent of her first serves and knew herself how strong her performance was.
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'I thought I played really well,' Williams told The Australian. 'I didn't expect to come out and play so well tonight.
was like 'wow'. I saw I had like 95 per cent of first serves in the
first set and I thought: “Who is this girl” It's not me normally.'
is the 'next big thing' in American tennis and the clash against Serena
will be intriguing. The 19-year-old beat Jovanovski 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to
set up the clash against her childhood hero.
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Although she doesn't like being compared to Serena, there are similarities between the two.
Both have powerful serves and like playing from the baseline, for instance.
They get along well off of the court too, often texting each other. 'We just keep it goofy,' Stephens said. 'She’s like the goofiest person I know.'
Serena said of Sloane: 'I think she's playing great. We played just two weeks ago in Brisbane, she played unbelievably well.
'I think she is an incredible talent and I admire her too. It will be a tough match for me but I feel like I have nothing to lose.'
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